No more uploads
I was very satisfied with FTP uploading at archive.org. I was able to see exactly how much of the upload had been completed. I was able to see the rate at which the upload was progressing. And, perhaps most important of all, I was able to resume an interrupted upload. In other words, if I had uploaded 90% of a file when the connection was lost, all I had to do was reconnect and upload the remaining 10%.
The programmers at archive.org have eliminated the best way of uploading, uploading via FTP. They have decided to force everyone to use an inferior, cruder method.
The programmers at archive.org want you to be completely dependent upon and at the mercy of Adobe Corporation; in other words, they want you to use the Flash uploader.
When using the Flash uploader, there is a progress indicator that gives only a very rough idea of how much of the file has been uploaded. There is nothing to indicate the rate at which the upload is progressing. There is no way to resume an interrupted upload.
The Flash uploader is much more primitive than uploading by FTP.
When attempting to use the non-flash uploader, this message appears:
"Unfortunately we do not have upload progress feedback while files transfer during this (non-flash) method."
And, of course, there is no way to resume an interrupted upload.
But the incompetent programmers at archive.org will probably tell you that the non-FTP methods of uploading are "way kewl" and have lots of nifty blinking lights.
When the programmers at archive.org removed the best way of uploading, they didn't make it easier to upload. They made it harder. They probably resented that the best way made their ways seem so clunky by comparison. And they felt that they needed to make it appear that they were earning their paychecks by making some sort of an "improvement".
It seems that they have no interest in making things easier for contributors to archive.org and that they are only interested in making things easier for themselves.
I have uploaded over 200 videos (feature films and television shows) to archive.org. Since the programmers at archive.org have used their time to sabotage FTP uploading, I will be unable to upload any more videos.
|By means of electrical stimulation, Bela Lugosi is making his bats grow larger than you ever thought possible. He offers you a sample of a new shaving lotion with a strange, pungent odor: "Now rub it on the tender part of your neck." Do you comply? Read more at the IMDB.|
You can load the mpeg2 file into DVDAuthorGUI (a free program) and quickly create a DVD to watch on your television.
June 4, 2011
Hoisted on his own petard.
Isn't that always the way in the '40s flicks?
I recall seeing this years ago, and I always thought they could have done a better job with the bat closeups, which always were out of focus. Small gripe. The movie falls well within the watchability range of all of the '40s horror flicks. Lugosi is his competent self, playing his role with conviction.
Production costs were controlled by using footage over (and over, in some cases, as in the bat flying scenes). Check out Lugosi as he prepares the first bat for zapping in the lab; then note the same sequence for the second bat: same footage. Entertaining flick in any event.
May 4, 2010
Weird, Terrifying Experiments!
Bela Lugosi is wonderful in this film. It has been said that Lugosi took every role seriously, no matter how big or small. As the "kindly village doctor" Paul Carruthers, Lugosi delivers one entertaining scene after another from beginning to end. Whether recoiling from his own lotion ("I have a violent dislike for perfumes!") or lashing out at his employer ("Your brain is too feeble to conceive what I have accomplished in the realm of science!"), Lugosi is in top form.
Aside from the Heath and Morton families' bland reactions to being systematically wiped out, the other acting is believable enough. Dave O'Brien (of Refer Madness fame) plays a big city reporter sent to investigate the murders, and does a fine job of balancing the serious and the silly. The supporting characters--O'Brien's photographer sidekick, the sheriff, the newspaper editor, the french maid, and Professor Raines (an expert on "all animal life") are all amusing enough to help carry the story.
I really love this movie.
February 2, 2010
Look at the size of those mothers!!
A mad scientist is bent on wiping out all the members of two families who he thinks did him wrong - and who else could that whacko scientist be but Bela Lugosi? His weapons of family destruction are after-shave lotion and huge bats he's created in a secret laboratory filled with more electric spark generators than you can shake an extension cord at. If this sounds like fun - it is!! Lugosi is great. The scenes where he confides his plans to his (stuffed) bat friends are priceless. The supporting cast is good enough, and the production values are better than average for a low-budget romp. This is an old horror quickie the whole family can enjoy, without worrying about the kids coming down with nightmares. At least I didn't, and neither did my kids when it was their turn. FOOTNOTES: There is a sequel made six year later, "Devil Bat's Daughter." but without Lugosi. There also is what could be considered an approximate remake, "The Flying Serpent," starring George Zucco. It is available here at the archive.